Bubble Watch: LSU Tigers NIT Bound After Loss To Texas A&M Aggies

By Taylor Sturm
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The LSU Tigers were one of the many teams in the SEC that were considered on-the-bubble for the 2014 NCAA tournament. However, their tournament dreams may have finally slipped away after a loss to the Texas A&M Aggies.

Texas A&M simply out-toughed LSU, who are one of the most physical teams in the SEC.  The Aggies turned the Tigers into a three point shooting team instead of playing to their strength, which is passing it down low to Johnny O’Bryant III. O’Bryant still had 15 points, but LSU missed a total of 18 threes throughout the game. Texas A&M had a huge showing from their bench, who combined for 33 points, en route to an 83 – 73 upset.

LSU will be disappointed to have slipped up once again. Despite a 15-8 record, they have losses to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Georgia Bulldogs and now Texas A&M, in addition to losses to other potential 2014 NCAA tournament

The Tigers still have an opportunity to make the Big Dance, but chances are slim. They’ll have to beat the Kentucky Wildcats or the Florida Gators away from home, which I’m not sure any team in the SEC can do, expect a top 2 seed for LSU in the NIT.

LSU’s tournament dreams may be all but over, but don’t count out the Tigers just because they couldn’t get it done this season. With the talent on their roster, not only should they compete in the SEC next season, but they should be the dark horse to win the conference.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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